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Subject: Re: [OMPI devel] Bug or feature?
From: Paul H. Hargrove (PHHargrove_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-12-15 23:12:49

My 0.02USD says that for pragmatic reasons one should attempt to
terminate the job in this case, regardless of ones opinion of this
unusual application behavior.


Ralph Castain wrote:
> Hi folks
> In case you didn't follow this on the user list, we had a question come up about proper OMPI behavior. Basically, the user has an application where one process decides it should cleanly terminate prior to calling MPI_Init, but all the others go ahead and enter MPI_Init. The application hangs since we don't detect the one proc's exit as an abnormal termination (no segfault, and it didn't call MPI_Init so it isn't required to call MPI_Finalize prior to termination).
> I can probably come up with a way to detect this scenario and abort it. But before I spend the effort chasing this down, my question to you MPI folks is:
> What -should- OMPI do in this situation? We have never previously detected such behavior - was this an oversight, or is this simply a "bad" application?
> Thanks
> Ralph
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Paul H. Hargrove                          PHHargrove_at_[hidden]
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